Rova Saxophone Quartet - OUTDOORS


Sun Sep 11 2022 at 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm


The Back Room | Berkeley, CA

An outdoor concert with the famed Rova Saxophone Quartet, featuring rare and unheard works created during the pandemic.
About this Event

Think of the human voice in music. The most primal of instruments, it can instantly inhabit your soul; it can move you to tears on the spot. Then it’s the saxophone, one-step removed from the human voice, and perhaps the next most powerful messenger in music. Johnny Hodges, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Oliver Lake, King Curtis, Tim Berne, John Butcher - to name only a few of the many singular voices on the instrument who, with one short phrase or even one sound, can take your breath away, or excite and inspire you to unexpected heights.

Multiply that power - that capability - times four, and you have a saxophone quartet. Rova Sax Quartet: a group that can move you the way an Eastern European choir of voices can move you, but also a group with force, a force that can feel as if its tearing the walls of the listening space down, or that can simulate the complex sound of a machine, or one of nature’s wild phenomena, or conversely, the almost-silent overlapping sound-patterns heard with eyes closed in a field in the wilderness.

At this exclusive outdoor concert, Rova will be playing works hardly heard - or never heard - live, most created during the Pandemic Years. But Rova’s musical goal has always been, since 1978, to instigate, to challenge, and to inspire. The group explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music.

Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music; Rova draws inspiration from the visual arts, contemporary poetry, contemporary dance. We listen closely and deeply appreciate both the traditional and the pop music styles of Africa and Asia. And then there is the blues; always a key. or visit the Rova Bandcamp page.

Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash or Venmo only at the door (ATMs are nearby).  

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own food and adult beverages with no additional corkage fee. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-381-1997.  

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A MESSAGE ABOUT OUR OUTDOOR SHOWS: Under the current circumstances, we recommend masks, even though we are outside. We hope that you are vaccinated, although we do not require it for our outdoor shows. We will continue to socially distance our seats, but you may rearrange them to your liking. And those seats will be standard folding chairs - no comfy couches outside, but they will be comfortably shaded. Only 60 tickets will be sold, and we expect all or most of them to be bought in advance. (Reimbursement for cancellation is guaranteed with 24-hour notice, and rain may cause a cancellation from our end). If a show is sold out, you may contact Sam via email ([email protected]) for permission to bring your own seats (and be charged at the "door" instead of in advance).

Please keep in mind that late afternoons can be chillier than expected, even on a warm spring day, especially when sitting still, so bring an extra layer! Cups of water will be available, but it might be a good idea to bring your own drinks/snacks.



Where is it happening?

The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, United States

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